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May 22nd, 2008

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May 2nd, 2008

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I was invaded by the power of the night

I was invaded by the power of the night

title from twenty love poems: 1, by Pablo Neruda
veinte poemas de amor: 1

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March 2nd, 2008

shoa השואה

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"Good News," Iraq and Beyond

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This is our world: holocaust.gz.

I want to restage the Dunkirk rescue at the Gaza coast.

This great evil - where'd it come from?
How'd it steal into the world?
What seed, what root did it grow from?
Who's doing this?
Who's killing us, robbing us of life and light, mocking us with the sight of what we might've known?
Does our ruin benefit the earth, aid the grass to grow and the sun to shine?
Is this darkness in you, too?
Have you passed through this night?


~ from The Thin Red Line, by way of Explosions in the Sky

January 26th, 2008

An Alternate World Away

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A quick and dirty video for an atmospheric piece by Pinkville.

January 13th, 2008

horseshit race

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I've given it some thought, and so, yes, I'm stealing myself for... President McCain.

The Democrats continue to demonstrate that they are more committed to Republican policies than to their own electability... and as much as there's a mainstream assumption that Clinton or Obama will comfortably win, one should never underestimate the Democrats' ability to steal defeat from the jaws of victory. Anyone remember 2004? Anyone remember, for example, the AWOL candidate devastatingly - successfully - attacking the war record of the decorated war hero (while the latter said nothing in his own defence for 3 weeks)? That's the political culture we're dealing with. And the Democrats are the party that meekly handed over the Presidency in 2000 without a peep. No demands for investigations into voting irregularities, no challenges in the Senate, no word from Gore, just the "high road" to slavish devotion to the policies of the day (you know, Bush's policies, that the vast majority of the Democrats in Congress and the Senate supported in full, or in part, or in principle).

Anyway, I'm not sure America is yet capable of electing a black President, and though it may be ready to elect a woman, would she be Hillary Clinton? I'm not too sure. She isn't well-liked or likable, her platform is indistinguishable from Bush's (except perhaps for being more devoted to war in the Middle East), and she's bad-tempered enough to be a good bet to shoot herself in the foot some time between now and the first week of November. As we know, there are no other Democratic candidates...

Meanwhile, if McCain passes his greatest test - the Republican party nomination - he certainly has as good a chance to win as either Clinton or Obama. He isn't tainted by the Bush administration, he has a reputation as an independent politician, he is heralded as a war hero, and he'd have that big Republican machine behind him - the one that owns the voting machines, the Supreme Court, the media, etc.

Of course, if McCain wins it will be difficult living with a lunatic in the White House, someone who is genuinely unpredictable rather than merely predictably berserk like the current administration. And McCain, for all the talk of independence and likability, remains an extremely right wing, pro-corporate, militaristic political figure.

So I'm stealing myself up for it. And if I'm wrong, I'll just have to deal with one or the other of the Democrats' front-running right wing, pro-corporate, militaristic candidates.

So will we all.

December 13th, 2007

no fear

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Japanese scientists create fearless mouse

By The Associated Press

TOKYO - The age-long animosity between cat and mouse could be a thing of the past with genetically modified "fearless" mice that Japanese scientists say shed light on mammal behaviour.

Using genetic engineering, scientists at Tokyo University say they have successfully switched off the rodents' instinct to cower at the smell or presence of cats - showing fear is genetically hardwired and not learned through experience, as commonly believed.

"Mice are naturally terrified of cats and usually panic or flee at the smell of one. But mice with certain nasal cells removed through genetic engineering didn't display any fear," said research team leader Ko Kobayakawa.

"The mice approached the cat, even snuggled up to it and played with it," Kobayakawa said.

"The discovery that fear is genetically determined and not learned after birth is very interesting and goes against what was previously thought."

The findings suggest human aversion to dangerous smells like that of rotten food, for example, could also be genetically predetermined, he said.

Kobayakawa said his findings, published in the science magazine Nature last month, should help researchers shed further light on how the brain processes information about the outside world.


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But one must wonder why scientists (and others) would be interested in excising fear from mice... or humans. A number of articles have appeared online and in the press regarding experiments being conducted in the United States (and elsewhere) to produce soldiers without fear... More tinkering with human nature to benefit the lucky few in power...

The story and a cute video (which is a featured news story at yahoo.ca today) also appear at the Guardian Unlimited


November 27th, 2007

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he no longer knew if he trembled for her or himself

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September 9th, 2007

la la la

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darkest ages

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July 18th, 2007

pitfall

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Pitfalls of speaking English as a second language...

If you don't get out of here, I'm gonna blow you!

~ a Montreal bailiff (as shown - without comment - on the local news this evening)

July 16th, 2007

shameless plug

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If you're curious, today's Wikipedia Main Page features the article on Pierre Rossier I wrote (as the principal contributor).
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